Snodgrass

Crested Butte

Hike through a stunning aspen grove and beautiful meadows.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
9.2 km
Ascent
258 m
Descent
258 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
2.9 km
High Point
3 km
Gradient
Snodgrass Map

This classic local route offers up smooth black dirt singletrack winding through a gorgeous aspen grove on the flanks of Snodgrass Mountain. Where the trail passes through meadows, gorgeous wildflowers provide a colorful carpet. The upper reaches of the trail provide beautiful views of Mount Crested Butte, Whetstone Mountain, and the valley below.

Description

Thanks to the mellow grade, the Snodgrass Trail is the perfect out-and-back route. Enjoy the sweet singletrack and deep woods in both directions with an easy climb up, and a mellow hike back down that isn’t too hard on the knees.

Snodgrass is a very popular hike due to its ease of access. You can either quickly drive to the lower trailhead, noted in the map here, or you can take a shuttle bus to the upper trailhead above Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Either way, you’ll get to enjoy this fabulous trail.

A portion of Snodgrass crosses private ranch land and as a result, a seasonal closure begins every year on August 14, according to Travel Crested Butte. The trail reopens in late spring to public access.

While the short season on this trail can be a bit of a downer, when you DO get to hike Snodgrass, it's a real treat!

Sources: https://travelcrestedbutte.com/crested-butte-trails-snodgrass-trail/

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

June, July, August

Features

  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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